Divali Class Play or Assembly including The Story of Rama & Sita
Duration: 10 – 15 minutes reading time (more time added on for presentation of craft work)
Cast Size – 30 (easily adaptable up or down)
This assembly can be done by one class of 30 i.e. 20 children plus 10 in the Rama and Sita play (the cast size can be reduced by doubling up on the lines of the 20)
This script could be put on by two classes:
– One class (younger children?) taking the lines of the 20 children (who have simple one-liners explaining what happens at Divali) and holding up art and craft work they have produced:
*Rangoli patterns and divas, presents, Happy Divali cards, new clothes and jewellery, henna patterns on hands and feet, fireworks, samosas and poppadums.
– One class taking on the ten characters in the Rama and Sita play (with additional supporting roles added e.g. demons and monkeys, if the rest of the class are to be included)
Also available off TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com : Scripts on Gandhi, Indus Valley Civilisation plus another Class Play on India; plus Legends and Myths from Around the World.
Narrator: .......... But enough of this! On with the play! (Pointing to players on stage) Seems like one big happy family (pauses) … or was it?
(All exit apart from King Dasharatha sitting on a chair/throne, clutching his head and moaning)
King Dash.: Oh dear! I’m getting old and life is becoming so difficult! What is a foolish old king, like me, to do?
(Queen Kaikeyi storms onto the stage)
Queen Kaikeyi: (Menacingly) I’ll tell you exactly what a foolish old king like you is to do! (Shouting) Give me your crown! I want it for my son, Bharata!
King Dash.: But what of Rama? My eldest? He was always meant to be king after me!
Queen Kaikeyi: (Laughing contemptuously) Not anymore, he’s not! Not if I have anything to do with it!
King Dash.: But Rama is the rightful heir to the throne. Not Bharata!
Queen Kaikeyi: (Advancing on King, who cowers, covering his head) Aren’t we forgetting something? Just that little matter of you owing me two favours after I saved your life? (Shaking him) Remember?
King Dash.: (Fearfully) As if I could forget!
Queen Kaikeyi: So, dearie. About those two little favours. You’ll be glad to hear I’ve given them some thought
King Dash.: (Sheepishly) Oh wonderful!
Queen Kaikeyi: And this is what I’ve come up with.
King Dash.: (Sarcastically) Can’t wait!
Queen Kaikeyi: One! I want Bharata crowned king! Two! I want your beloved Rama and that lovely wife of his (pauses before shouting) to be banished from this kingdom!